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Dislike for U-M gives family hope for Ohio State fan’s recovery

July 16, 2017

After an overseas car accident left an Ohio State fan in a coma with critical injuries, his family is convinced he’ll recover.

How do they know? Because he still hates the University of Michigan.

“He always makes a face when we mention Michigan,” said Zach Lawrence’s wife, Meghan, according to The Associated Press. “We’re pretty sure he’s in there.”

Lawrence, 38, of Dublin, Ohio, was traveling for work in the Republic of Georgia in April when the car he was riding in veered into a ravine, killing two of the five passengers. He suffered several broken bones and a traumatic head injury, and initially was given little chance of recovery, the AP said.

Lawrence is now able to smile at his children, make some sounds and keep his eyes open.

He’s being treated at Ohio State University’s Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Center., where he’s been asked to respond to questions by pushing a “yes” or “no” button.

His family said some of the best evidence of his recovery came with his response to the question “Do you like Michigan?”

Lawrence pushed the “no” button – twice.

OSU and U-M are known for their fierce rivalry, a deep divide many of their fans take personally.

After weeks of treatment, Lawrence is now considered semi-conscious, the AP said.

“We’re basically dealing with the healing brain,” Meghan Lawrence said. “He has a long way to go, and he’s already come such a long way.”
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